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July 20, 1988 | Associated Press
Gun control opponents have gathered enough signatures to force a referendum on Maryland's new handgun control law, Secretary of State Winfield M. Kelly Jr. said Tuesday. Kelly declared 35,254 of 48,435 petition signatures valid, according to a spokesman for Gov. William Donald Schaefer. An official said 33,045 valid signatures were needed to put the issue on the November ballot.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 7, 2001 | CARL INGRAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As Atty. Gen. Bill Lockyer sees it, if a bill now before Gov. Gray Davis had been the law, white supremacist Buford Furrow might have been prevented from killing a postal worker and wounding five people at a San Fernando Valley Jewish community center in 1999. If the bill had been the law, Lockyer reasons, former Los Angeles Police Officer Angela Marie Shepard might still be free instead of locked in jail and facing a murder charge in the Aug. 26 shooting of a former USC basketball player.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 1996 | GREG KRIKORIAN
Nationally known handgun control advocate Sarah Brady on Thursday applauded the city of Los Angeles' ban on the sale of Saturday night specials, calling it an important step toward persuading state and federal officials to take similar action against cheap handguns. "I was delighted" at the council's 13-0 decision on Wednesday, Brady said at a Manhattan Beach press conference. "A unanimous decision like that and the message it will send to other areas around the country . . .
OPINION
April 22, 2001
Re "Senate Panel OKs Licensing, Tests for Handgun Buyers," April 18: I think your paper ought to consider a call to license legislators. State Sen. Jack Scott (D-Altadena) says that mandatory fingerprinting would deter criminals from applying. I think legislators should be tested to see if they have skills in logic and causality. His presumption is that, without this provision, criminals might consider applying for a handgun license. I respect his grief for the loss of his son, but it does not give him the right to propose anything he wants.
NEWS
May 22, 1999 | EDWIN CHEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
House Democrats vowed Friday to enact new handgun control legislation before leaving town for a 12-day recess beginning Memorial Day weekend. They announced their intentions after a meeting at the White House, where an emotional President Clinton urged them to make new handgun restrictions--such as those passed this week by the Senate--a memorial to students killed in school shootings around the country, participants said. But a spokesman for House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 5, 1993 | JAMES RAINEY and GREG KRIKORIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Opening the final weekend of the campaign, the Los Angeles mayor's race returned Friday to the familiar theme of public safety--with police, prosecutors and crime victims touting Richard Riordan while Michael Woo reiterated his call for a ban on cheap handguns.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 15, 1992
The National Rifle Assn. ad discussed in "Targeting Fear" (Sept. 4) correctly reminds us of the reality of what occurred during the Los Angeles riots. It is appalling that a spokesperson for Handgun Control should be critical of any other organization for appealing to emotions or trying to exploit any type of situation. Handgun Control jumps at every opportunity to exploit any highly visible shooting incident into an excuse for more cumbersome, useless and unconstitutional gun control laws.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 11, 1998
As a Republican, I was incensed by Paul Conrad's Nov. 2 cartoon showing the outline of a so-called "assault rifle" (a meaningless term dreamed up by Handgun Control Inc.) and a coat hanger, bearing the single word, "Choice." Conrad's monolithic view of the world is simply a display of ignorance. You can tell him that there are many of us in the Republican Party, maybe much more than the party itself knows, who are pro-choice and who are also pro-self defense (what The Times calls pro-gun)
NEWS
January 26, 1993 | BURT A. FOLKART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nelson T. (Pete) Shields, who helped found the nation's largest handgun control movement after his son became the 25th and final victim of the infamous Zebra shootings of the 1970s, died Monday. A spokeswoman for his Handgun Control organization said Shields died at his home in Greenville, Del., after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 68. At his death he was chairman emeritus of the advocacy group that has been credited with many reforms in gun control.
OPINION
January 14, 1990
Your claim that the National Rifle Assn. does not truly represent the interests of its members is entirely spurious. I am a life member, and I have yet to meet another member--or even non-member shooter--who agrees with the gun control measures promoted recently in Sacramento and endorsed by you. I also find it interesting that you take the NRA to task for devoting itself to the one issue (gun ownership) it exists to address, yet you don't find anything wrong with Pete Shields and Handgun Control Inc. doing the same thing on the other side of the issue.
NEWS
May 22, 1999 | EDWIN CHEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
House Democrats vowed Friday to enact new handgun control legislation before leaving town for a 12-day recess beginning Memorial Day weekend. They announced their intentions after a meeting at the White House, where an emotional President Clinton urged them to make new handgun restrictions--such as those passed this week by the Senate--a memorial to students killed in school shootings around the country, participants said. But a spokesman for House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 1999
Re "How Many Guns Do You Need?" editorial, March 23: Fortunately gun rights are mentioned in the Bill of Rights, not some mythical Bill of Needs as you would have it. You editorial takes the classic liberal position, first assuming you know what is good for everybody. Then you insist on laws to enforce your wishes on others. In this case it is one handgun a month. Nevermind that sellers must be licensed and buyers must already pass state and federal background checks and waiting periods before buying any gun. JIM DODD San Diego Your editorial concerning Assemblyman Wally Knox's bill to limit handgun purchases does serious injustice to gun owners.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 11, 1998
As a Republican, I was incensed by Paul Conrad's Nov. 2 cartoon showing the outline of a so-called "assault rifle" (a meaningless term dreamed up by Handgun Control Inc.) and a coat hanger, bearing the single word, "Choice." Conrad's monolithic view of the world is simply a display of ignorance. You can tell him that there are many of us in the Republican Party, maybe much more than the party itself knows, who are pro-choice and who are also pro-self defense (what The Times calls pro-gun)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 25, 1998 | SAM BRUNSTEIN, Sam Brunstein is a retired engineer
Ten years old, I looked at the bird that I had killed and cried. I have never again shot at a living thing. Fifty-seven years later, I am a member of the National Rifle Assn. At 18, I joined the Army to repair electronics, something I loved. I learned that I liked to shoot holes in pieces of paper. The discipline of good shooting is comparable to that of golf. The need for concentration, practice and self-control is similar. I have shot at targets, off and on, ever since.
NEWS
June 22, 1998 | From Reuters
The Brady law has stopped felons, fugitives and drug addicts from buying 242,000 handguns since it took effect in 1994, 69,000 of them in 1997 alone, the Justice Department said Sunday. President Clinton applauded the success of the law in keeping guns out of the wrong hands, but he said the law should be expanded to bar violent juveniles from owning guns for life.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 26, 1997
Re "Lungren Assault Gun Policy Attacked," Dec. 17: With the lawsuit by Handgun Control Inc. to push Atty. Gen. Dan Lungren to enforce the Roberti-Roos Assault Weapons Control Act of 1989 comes the real possibility that the state of California may soon be compelled to jail thousands of gun owners not because they committed a crime but because they happen to own a legally purchased brand-name semiautomatic rifle. Knowing how full the prisons are already, the only logical way to make room for these thousands of legislated "criminals" will be to let an equal number of violent criminals back out on the street.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 1990
In response to your editorial "Gun Safety Still the Target" (March 19), you urge mandatory safety training for anyone buying a firearm. It is repugnant to say that a person must "go to school" in order to qualify to exercise his constitutional right to arms. How would you like it if newspaper editors were subjected to a requirement of unblemished truthful reputation, or reporters required to meet a political test, in order to write and publish? True, training is needed, but it should be voluntary, not mandatory.
NEWS
May 6, 1989 | CARL INGRAM, Times Staff Writer
The National Rifle Assn., which has led the fight against bills to ban military-style assault weapons, reported Friday that it spent $183,000 to lobby the Legislature during the first three months of this year. But the lobbying expenditure report, filed with Secretary of State March Fong Eu, contained obvious major inaccuracies. A top NRA executive blamed "miscommunication" for the errors and said a corrected version will be filed swiftly. The report, for example, showed no lobbying activity at all on the Legislature's two bills to outlaw about 60 semiautomatic assault firearms--despite the fact that the organization led a sustained all-out attack on those bills.
OPINION
October 19, 1997
Re "Facts Don't Back Anti-Gun Crew," Commentary, Oct. 13: Chuck Michel's claim that no Saturday night special has ever exploded is false. In fact, as recently as last month, an appeals court ordered major California junk gun manufacturer Bryco Arms to pay $350,000 because a Bryco pistol exploded, causing serious injury (Chronister vs. Bryco Arms). Right now the largest California junk gun manufacturer, Lorcin Engineering, is seeking bankruptcy protection because it has over $18 million in liability suits pending against it. Lorcin's bankruptcy filing indicates that it spends nearly twice as much on liability insurance for its junk guns as it does to actually make the weapons--yet even that is not enough to cover all the lawsuits stemming from the junk guns that malfunction.
NEWS
August 29, 1997 | DAN MORAIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a significant loss for gun groups, the Assembly approved legislation Thursday that would ban the manufacture and sale of Saturday night specials, most of which are made by a half-dozen firms in Southern California. The bill by Sen. Richard Polanco (D-Los Angeles) seeks to ban a class of cheap, poorly made and easily concealable handguns that are widely used in crimes. Some of the weapons, which often sell for less than $100, are reputed to go off unexpectedly.
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